17 August 2011

I just can't get it right


I've been trying.....for some time now.....to decorate my basement.

Above is my living room and I love the farmhouse feel it has.....

lots of white....with little pops of color that I can change out whenever I want. My living room.....to me.....matches my house.....farmhouse style.

This is my basement....which is our family and beyond the curtains is my office. Now, I know it probably looks okay....but what I don't like is that it feels like a different house....it doesn't feel farmhouse to me.

The space is great...it's wide open with nice big windows...but for some reason....I just can't get it right.

I really would love for it to match the upper part of my home....but alas, it doesn't. As of right now, it's a bit of a mess as I'm trying to figure out what to do with this space. The walls are painted a creamy white and I'm debating whether I need to paint them another color as maybe the color matches the carpet too much....and let's not talk about the carpet....I don't like....not one bit....but it needs to say for a few more years. We've also thought about adding some bead board or maybe stenciling a damask pattern onto the walls...just something to make it feel less basement like.

So there it is.....I'm trying to re-work our basement on a little tiny budget....and really don't know where to start.

Has that ever happened to you? One day your on a decorating roll....then you move to another room....and are just stumped....that's me right now.

I know all you guys have great style sense.....so what would you do with this space.....to make it feel more farmhouse.


35 comments:

  1. I like the white farmhouse look of the upstairs but I love the warmth of the neutrals in the basement. Perhaps to increase the farmhouse appeal you could change out the window coverings and the carpet. Go with shutters and hardwood floors. The colors in the basement make you feel like you can put your feet up. You have great taste I'm sure anything you decide to do will turn out very nice. Post pictures!

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  2. Your home is lovely Andrea!
    I too love the farmhouse style, and I would say that the beadboard sounds like a wonderful idea!
    I'm a big lover of beadboard, and I cant wait to see what you decide for this room.
    Id love to get my hands on our rec-room but hubby wants that room just as it is, and thats ok...he's supportive of all the girliness Im creating in other rooms :)

    Deborah xoxo

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  3. I know you'll get there Andrea. It's a beautiful space. Lots of light.
    hugs from here...

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  4. beadboard, or pine planking added to the walls and install nice wide moldings & crown molding painted white of course!

    perhaps layer a sisal rug on top of the carpet in sectional area

    maybe some wainscotting backed tall or short bookcase on the left side of the room filled with blue/green glass objects, ironstone pottery, and architectural pieces....same goes with adding these things to your coffee table

    You've got the talent it looks like to me but I know we all get stuck time to time and need some ideas...go with it girl, you got it!

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  5. Sheesh, I wish my home looked as lovely when I was stumped!!! I think your home is gorgeous! Could you maybe break that sofa up and move it up to the walls so it looks more open? Sorry but that's all I got!

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  6. I think it looks great, but I would add a rustic wood coffee table or wicker ches (like the IKEA byholma one in gray http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60163174) in front of the sofa. And on the wall to the right of the sofa, I'd add a rustic wood sofa table. I think what's missing is the warm wood tones. Good luck!

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  7. To look at it, I would NEVER EVER in a million years think that was a basement?!?!?!?!?!? can't add any more than that! :-)

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  8. andrea, oh my! i had to look & look again and then re-read...your basement? what a gorgeous, light filled space.
    i know you will pull it together. sometimes just adding one simple piece will complete the look & before you know, you're "there:.

    maybe a new coffee table....like a crate redone or something farmtable topish with an industrial feel?
    what do i know....

    i love your style. it will be fantastic. it already is actually :)

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  9. LOVE your living room~ I think adding beadboard and sisal carpeting would look great downstairs..maybe even lighter walls. I know how you feel though..I really need to do something with my bedroom..just need more funds! ;) Rachel

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  10. I like it, personally. However, you seem to like room #1 better. According to the photo, room 1 is whiter and brighter. To make room #2 more like room #1, I would def go with your beadboard idea. It makes a huge difference in a room, adding white reflection AND texture. I think that maybe adding more white pillows or an antique lacy white tablecloth to throw over the couch as a throw would add brightness and texture and minute detail to the large couch. Also, I am immediately drawn to the white armoire in the back b/c of the intensity of the white. I think just a pop of a brighter white somewhere in that room would pull off the effect you are lookin' for. LOVE ALL YOUR HOUSE PICS AND ALWAYS HAVE. I am always showing them to my husband going..."but look at this room....see this...." and then he knows it's getting time to paint again. You are an inspiration even if you think you aren't pulling it together! I have been reading that post about how you made those slip covers on those cushions for years. At work. When I shouldn't have been! :) I could never take on a sofa and win. I suck at reupholstry. Let us know if you change anything, b/c I love any pics from/of your home. hugs, andrea @ townandprairie

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  11. I know you'll figure it out, Andrea... you're so talented and your home is so beautiful! I just loved your feature in Romantic Prairie Style!! :)
    Your basement is beautiful the way it is, but I can see the difference that you're talking about from the rest of your house. I think all it's really missing are some rustic pieces with some original peeling paint and maybe a few grainsack pillows here and there. Maybe change out the dark baskets for some lighter ones...
    whatever you do, I know it will look gorgeous!
    xoxo,
    Jo

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  12. Hi - I recently discovered your blog and am enjoying it. I think there's too much beige and too vertical element going on here.
    Maybe change the drapes to white (bedsheets could be inexpensive to make into drapes) or take them down. Maybe add moldings to create architecture and paint them white. If you hate the carpet, and it's not in the budget to change, I would put rugs on top of the carpet. I've seen neat things down with inexpensive IKEA carpets (sewn together).
    Before and Afters are awesome - so please show us what you decide!

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  13. I am up for a warm wood round coffee table and perhaps some chippy shutters on the sides of the windows. Warm knitted pillows and boom you have more farmhouse. What a great room you have to work with.

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  14. What a wonderful, comfortable family room! I'm so bad about suggestions, but as I was comparing your two rooms, I too noticed how light and airy the upstairs room is. Is it bacause the windows are bare? In my humble opinion, it seems that the darker curtain panels downstairs are weighing things down a little. Could they be replaced with a lighter colored fabric, something a little wispier? I too love the idea of bead board and perhaps ceiling moulding. Now if it were MY room, I would be adding pops of red (because I love red!) in a Dash and Albert rug to lay on the carpet or pillows with some red. (grain sack?) But I can see that you prefer blues or neutrals. Also, perhaps you could find an antique table to cut down for a coffee table--something with a farmhouse feel. I'm sure you will transform it as you always do!

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  15. What if you used salvage wood to make a wood door either faux or real, in place of the curtains. Similar to the sliding barn door style.

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  16. I think your basement looks fabulous! I recently visited my niece in Saskatchewan at their farm. One of her neighbors offered her barn boards if she wanted them, when she told me I said: Of course you want them! The reason for my visit was helping her update their 70's kitchen on a budget...we used the barn board to cover an ugly wall...it looks great and really warms the room. The grey/brown tones in the wood are gorgeous! Doing one wall in barn board in your space would look amazing! Check it out http://frugalfrenchgirl.blogspot.com/2011/07/farmhouse-kitchen-makeover.html xx Sandra

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  17. I love your blog and enjoy your style , maybe the room is to monotone? A few special and unique pcs will liven it right up. :) You will know it when you find whats perfect!

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  18. Great space!!..other colors...new pillows....maybe another floor......another table.....and nice little stuff in one color to put there...ready !!...good luck !!..if you will pay my ticket....i will come and help you darling......love from me...xxx...

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  19. that's me most of the time. if only my $ supply was never ending. wouldn't that be fun. i think the space is great but i know you will figure it out and it will be gorgeous.

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  20. First of all, your home is beautiful, but I know that feeling. :) The first thing I thought is adding beadboard or board and batten to the walls would add texture, interest and a definite farmhouse feel. Also, if you are iffy on the carpet, what about a seagrass rug in front of the sofa? It would break up the carpet and add rusticity to the space. Also, my very first thought was add some grain sack striped pillows to the sofa and although I really like your coffee table, it's more pottery barn-ish than farmhouse to me... (even though some PB stuff is obviously farmhouse, I mean it's not rustic enough) what about a really rustic, chippy, shabby table maybe in a fun faded robins egg blue sanded and weathered down? That would add a pop of color and give that great rustic, farmhouse vibe. Anyways, with the wainscoting/board and batten, a more distressed coffee table, a couple of grain sack pillows, and possibly a sea grass rug, I think you'd be good to go. But that's just my .02 ;-) good luck, and make sure you show us what you do!

    -Kari
    reeseandmarie.blogspot.com

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  21. Just relooked at your living room pictures, which I *love* by the way... could you do some sort of a coffee table that has the same vibe as the entertainment center (?) / shelving unit you have up there? More of that "found barnwood" kind of thing in that same color? I think if you translated that unit into a table for downstairs it would make a huge difference right there.

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  22. OK, one last suggestion. I'm not sure if your sofa slipcover is white, cream or tan, it's reading kind of tan in the pic. If it is tan, I think there is not enough contrast with the drapes in the background. Could you possibly change out the drapes for white linen ones (Ikea has beautiful ones, I have them in my house and love them!) it would read more breezy and airy and farmhousey (to me at least) and again the texture is always great. Just another idea, hope you don't mind! :)

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  23. I love your home, I've seen it in Fifi's book and is beautiful! For your basement, I'm thinking of some old shutters somewhere may be as artwork, chippy "more plain" coffee table, some zinc buckets here and there, I can't see the curtains very well, but may be change them for a more natural texture, burlap may be. Separate the long sectional and may be make it in to two instead of just a big one and change their placement. A natural rug between the couches. Hopefully you get inspired and we can see that basement transformed the way you want it.
    Have a great day!
    XXX Ido

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  24. I WISH my house looked 1/2 as good as yours! I think it is beautiful!

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  25. Hmm... I think that part of what may be stumping you is the sectional sofa. It is a bit more mordern in style than a regular sofa. I can't see the entire room, but is there another wall that the sofa could be placed upon, so that it is not a focal centerpiece? This would allow for a great old piece of furniture, perhaps a sideboard, to go along the wall, storing items and giving more personality to the room, but in a quiet way. A farm-industrial piece of artwork to go above it would really add punch (like an old wheel, star, ox yoke,etc). The smallest things can sometimes make a huge difference, so I'd paint or replace the baskets in your coffee table with white ones so that they blend in more than stand out. A nice big basket of wooden spools or shells, even rocks, would add texture to the table without trespassing on the serenity of the white. Texture can add a lot of warmth, which is a major factor in farm house decor. Your thoughts for adding wainscoting are good - that will add more texture and help ground the room. You may want to use your damask stencil on sofa pillows and your curtains, instead on the walls. I hope these ideas help - keep us updated! Hugs, ~Leena~

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  26. How about a large mirror on the left wall to catch more of the light coming in from the door.

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  27. What a great room to be having problems with!! I'd love to have this space.

    I agree w/ moving the sofa to a wall, make your current coffee table an end table,(with a lamp for some cozy light?) and cut the legs off a great primitive kitchen table to make a NEW coffee table. Add a sisal rug-beadboard down the road!!

    You've received so many great suggestions.
    Can't wait to check back (on Monday??!) to see what you do! Cheri

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  28. Andrea,

    Your home is gorgeous and a true reflection of the home-maker. I understand exactly what you mean because I am currently struggling with a room. I am on the water but also a historic farmhouse, finding the balance between vintage farmhouse and coastal is difficult. I know we will eventually 'get it right' (to our satisfaction) and look forward to sharing when we do.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  29. I also think it is a lovely space and wish mine looked like that, but I do understand what you mean about continuity of your style and space. I would think about adding some of the pops of blue like in your jars upstairs in accessories. Maybe on a rustic wood shelf on the wall, up out of the way, but still adding some interest. Some Cabbages and Roses fabrics in pillows on the sectional, or white pillow slips that could easily be laundered would look great and add some texture and softness. I personally like the neutral background (rug, walls, sectional). Again just ideas because you do all that so much better than I ever could.

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  30. Some friends of mine just re-did their basement. They added beadboard all around and it made such a huge difference! It really helped to take away from that basement feel. Especially since you have large bright windows you're already one step there.

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  31. It's the wall to wall carpet. That's it.

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  32. Perhaps you have to soften the dark spots you have... a cushion on the sofa... the dark baskets under the coffee table. And I am sure the carpet doesn´t help to the farm style you are looking for. Hope to be of help!
    Good luck!

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  33. Funny how we make ourselves nuts about these things and then someone walks in and says, Hey why don't you do this and this and BOOM, that's all it took to bring it all together. Isn't blogging great.
    My thoughts are as follows and you know when you ask a woman for her opinion you should also have deep pockets to get the job done. I like to start with inexpensive first then move on to bigger money projects.
    I am a pattern girl so how about a few pillows in patterns you like to bring in some color. I would love to see a rug under the sofa area in a patterened color too. A few items artfully arranged on the coffee table and a stack of books or magazines on the floor beside the sofa would add a cozy look. Is that a crystal chandy I see above the sofa? You may want to lower it a bit to add to the cozy feel.
    Can't wait to see what you do with the space.Thanks for letting me share my opinion.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  34. I think it looks beautiful but you could try what I did in my garage. wide plank boards, cheap at home depot, rough hewn, and place them horizontally along the walls and paint them white. It gives the room an instant feel of old but clean! Good luck.

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  35. I think sliding wood barn doors on a track would look really cool in place of the curtains!

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